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Abu Dhabi Film Commission Announces 30% Tax Rebate at 65th Cannes Film Festival

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At the 65th Cannes Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission announced its launch of a 30% cash rebate on production spend for any films or media to be shot in Abu Dhabi. This tax incentive will begin on September 1, 2012 and will be the first filming rebate of its kind in the Middle East region. Applications for the rebate must be made 20 days prior to filming and is valid for up to two months after the receipt of official rebate certificate. This includes almost all methods of media...

Abu Dhabi Film Commission Announces 30% Tax Rebate at 65th Cannes Film Festival

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At the 65th Cannes Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission announced its launch of a 30% cash rebate on production spend for any films or media to be shot in Abu Dhabi. This tax incentive will begin on September 1, 2012 and will be the first filming rebate of its kind in the Middle East region. Applications for the rebate must be made 20 days prior to filming and is valid for up to two months after the receipt of official rebate certificate. This includes almost all methods of media...

DIFF Focus at the Lincoln center

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The Dubai International Film Festival Chairman, Abdulhamid Juma, announced at the Festival de Cannes that they will be partnering with the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York to showcase Arab cinema in a special DIFF Focus on August 24-30, 2012. Based in New York, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is the world's largest presenter of performing arts offering some 5,000 programs, initiatives and events annually. The lineup for the DIFF Focus will include 10 feature films and a...

Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54) announces the launch of the region’s first incentive scheme

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twofour54, the media & creative industries hub and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54), have launched the region’s first incentive scheme as it looks to accelerate Abu Dhabi as the first choice for international and regional producers needing location, production and post-production services. The scheme will be operational from September 1st.  The incentive, in the form of a rebate of up to 30% of qualifying spend in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, will be available fo...

OPENING NIGHT of DIFF 2011

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  Last night December 7th, 2011 saw the opening of the 8th Dubai International Film Festival. This was pure madness at the Madinat Arena theater when Tom Cruise came to walk the red carpet for the DIFF opening feature- MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL (2011). This was one of the most anticipated events in cinema for all of 2011. The megablockbuster hit was partly shot in Dubai and therefore made a proud open for the festival. The premier was followed by an exclusive beach party ...

8th Dubai Festival to unveil 171 films from 56 nations

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8th Dubai International Film Festival runs December 7 to 14,• 46 world premieres, 25 international premieres and 78 Middle East premieres • Award-winning films and A-list talent from the Americas, Europe, Asia Africa and the Arab world • 89 films vie for prestigious Muhr Awards with total prize money of over US$600,000 The eighth Dubai International Film Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler o...

Closing Ceremony, Abu Dhabi ADFF 2011

Director of festival Peter Scarlet hosts the Closing Ceremony at Abu Dhabi ADFF 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Closing Ceremony, Abu Dhabi ADFF 2011

Closing Ceremony, October 21st at Abu Dhabi ADFF 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Party time at ADFF 2011

Actor Omar Al Mulla (Mansoor) from the UAE film SEA SHADOW (2011) and Emirati director of the film Nawaf Al-Janahi pose for pics the Fairmont after party in Abu Dhabi, ADFF 2011 photo by Vanessa McMahon

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

Cast from SEA SHADOW (2011) at world premier, ADFF 2011Photo by Vanessa McMahon 

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

Cast of SEA SHADOW (2011) on night of its premier at ADFF 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Q and A of SEA SHADOW at ADFF 2011

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  UAE director Nawaf Al-Janahi presents SEA SHADOW at ADFF 2011                                     UAE native director Nawaf Al-Janahi held the premier to his latest film, SEA SHADOW (2011) at Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 in the Abu Dhabi Theater. After screening a ...

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi when they presenting film SEA SHADOW (2011) for the first ever premier of an Emirati directed film at ADFF! The film screened to a sold out theater and has been picked up by Fortissimo Films. See SEA SHADOW! Photo by Vanessa McMahon

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi when they presenting film SEA SHADOW (2011) for the first ever premier of an Emirati directed film at ADFF! The film screened to a sold out theater and has been picked up by Fortissimo Films. See SEA SHADOW! Photo by Vanessa McMahon

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi when they presenting film SEA SHADOW (2011) for the first ever premier of an Emirati directed film at ADFF! The film screened to a sold out theater and has been picked up by Fortissimo Films. See SEA SHADOW!Photo by Vanessa McMahon

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

Screenwriter Mohammed Hasan Ahmed speaks with Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi when they presented their film SEA SHADOW (2011) for the first ever premier of an Emirati directed film at ADFF! The film screened to a sold out theater and has been picked up by Fortissimo Films. See SEA SHADOW!  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

SEA SHADOW premier, Abu Dhabi

Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi presents his film SEA SHADOW (2011) for the first ever premier of an Emirati directed film at ADFF! The film screened to a sold out theater and has been picked up by Fortissimo Films. See SEA SHADOW!photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Sea Shadow premier, Abu Dhabi

Executive Director of Abu Dhabi Film Festival introduces SEA SHADOW (2011) by Emirati director Nawaf Al-Janahi.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

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Short Film Winners Abu Dhabi 2011

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Best Producer Arben Zharku for The Wedding Tape  Short Film Winners! (ADFF PRESS)Jim Poe 20.10.2011 - On Thursday, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards for its two shorts competitions: the Emirates Film Competition (EFC) and the Short Film Competition. The awards were presented to the filmmakers in a ceremony at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel. The EFC observes its 10th anniversary this year. It was one of the first outlets for filmma...

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

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  UAE native director Nawaf Al-Janahi held the premier to his latest film, SEA SHADOW (2011) at Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 in the Abu Dhabi Theater.SEA SHADOW is a heart-felt coming-of-age story about 16 year old Mansoor who lives in a small village on the Emirati coast. Mansoor struggles between his bursting feelings of first love in a notably reserve...

ADFF 2011

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October 13, 2011 saw the grand opening of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) 2011. This year the festival ran from October 13-22. Filmmakers and film enthusiasts attended this much talked about and much anticipated (one of my personal favorites) festival in the heart of the UAE.  Check out home page of the festival here: www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/video-abu-dhabi-2011-time-lapseand watch the TIME LAPSE: 'ABU DHABI 2011'... It's amazing!!!  photos from last year's festival, ADFF 2010,...

SEA SHADOW at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

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  UAE native director Nawaf Al-Janahi will have is premier to his latest film, SEA SHADOW (2011) at Abu Dhabi Film Festival (13 - 22 October 2011)World Premiere: Wednesday, 19 October 2011 (Time: 21:30, Location: Abu Dhabi Theater)Second Screening: Thursday, 20 ...

ABU DHABI FILM FESTIVAL 2011

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Last night, October 13, 2011, saw the grand opening of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) 2011. This year the festival will run from October 13-22. Filmmakers, stars, film professionals, press, politicians, royalty, civilians, even the Sheikh himself will attend this much talked about and much anticipated (one of my personal favorites) festival in the heart of the UAE. Check here for dailies and headlines of the festival.    Check out home page of the festival here: www.a...

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